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Compare the best mobile broadband deals and offers including pay as you go and pay monthly from the leading UK providers including 3 Mobile, EE, O2, T-Mobile, Virgin and Vodafone.

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Mobile Broadband with 1GB Data Pay As You Go
Vodafone
  • USB modem with 1GB data
  • Top up anytime - £5 Per 0.5GB
  • No contract needed

    7.2Mb
    up to
    1GB
    usage limit
    2Mb
    up to
    £15
    one-off-fee
    PAYG
    pay as you go+ £0 line rentalno contract
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    • Upfront cost: £15
    • Average monthly: £0
    • First year cost: £15
    • Lifetime cost: £15
    • Contract length: -1
    Price details
    Mobile Broadband 1GB PAYG Starter
    O2
    • 1GB of data - lasts 30 days
    • Unlimited Wi-Fi included
    • Dongle price included

      7.2Mb
      up to
      1GB
      usage limit
      5.7Mb
      up to
      £25
      one-off-fee
      PAYG
      pay as you go+ £0 line rentalno contract
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      • Upfront cost: £25
      • Average monthly: £0
      • First year cost: £25
      • Lifetime cost: £25
      • Contract length: -1
      Price details
      Mobile Broadband 2GB PAYG Starter
      O2
      • 2GB of data - lasts 30 days
      • Unlimited Wi-Fi included
      • Dongle price included

        7.2Mb
        up to
        2GB
        usage limit
        5.7Mb
        up to
        £26.50
        one-off-fee
        PAYG
        pay as you go+ £0 line rentalno contract
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        • Upfront cost: £26.50
        • Average monthly: £0
        • First year cost: £26.50
        • Lifetime cost: £26.50
        • Contract length: -1
        Price details
        Mobile Broadband WiFi with 2GB Data Pay As You Go
        Vodafone
        • Create your own personal WiFi
        • Connect up to five WiFi enabled devices
        • Pay as you go, no contract needed

          7.2Mb
          up to
          2GB
          usage limit
          2Mb
          up to
          £30
          one-off-fee
          PAYG
          pay as you go+ £0 line rentalno contract
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          • Upfront cost: £30
          • Average monthly: £0
          • First year cost: £30
          • Lifetime cost: £30
          • Contract length: -1
          Price details
          Mobile Broadband with 1GB Monthly Usage
          3 Mobile
          • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
          • 1GB monthly data allowance
          • Free USB modem

            7.2Mb
            up to
            1GB
            usage limit
            0.3Mb
            up to
            Free
            of charge
            £7.87
            per monthprice details+ £0 line rental24 month contract
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            • Upfront cost: Free
            • Average monthly: £7.87
            • First year cost: £94.44
            • Lifetime cost: £188.88
            • Contract length: 24
            Price details
            Mobile Broadband 1GB - 1 Month Contract
            Vodafone
            • 1GB of UK data included
            • 1GB Wi-Fi included
            • 30 day rolling contract

              7.2Mb
              up to
              1GB
              usage limit
              2Mb
              up to
              £19
              one-off-fee
              £10
              per monthprice details+ £0 line rental1 month contract
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              • Upfront cost: £19
              • Average monthly: Not applicable
              • First year cost: £139
              • Lifetime cost: £29
              • Contract length: 1
              Price details
              4GEE Mobile Broadband WiFi with 1GB
              EE
              • Super-fast 4G broadband
              • 1GB monthly data allowance
              • Create your own WiFi

                30Mb
                up to
                1GB
                usage limit
                5Mb
                up to
                £29.99
                one-off-fee
                £10
                per monthprice details+ £0 line rental24 month contract
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                • Upfront cost: £29.99
                • Average monthly: £11.25
                • First year cost: £149.99
                • Lifetime cost: £269.99
                • Contract length: 24
                Price details
                MiFi Mobile Broadband with 1GB Monthly Usage
                3 Mobile
                • 1GB monthly data allowance
                • Create your own Wi-Fi
                • Connect up to 5 devices

                  7.2Mb
                  up to
                  1GB
                  usage limit
                  1.6Mb
                  up to
                  Free
                  of charge
                  £10.87
                  per monthprice details+ £0 line rental24 month contract
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                  • Upfront cost: Free
                  • Average monthly: £10.87
                  • First year cost: £130.44
                  • Lifetime cost: £260.88
                  • Contract length: 24
                  Price details
                  Mobile Broadband WiFi with 2GB Data
                  Vodafone
                  • Create your own personal WiFi
                  • Connect up to five WiFi enabled devices
                  • Access BT and London Underground WiFi

                    7.2Mb
                    up to
                    2GB
                    usage limit
                    2Mb
                    up to
                    Free
                    of charge
                    £15
                    per monthprice details+ £0 line rental12 month contract
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                    • Upfront cost: Free
                    • Average monthly: £15
                    • First year cost: £180
                    • Lifetime cost: £180
                    • Contract length: 12
                    Price details
                    4GEE Mobile Broadband WiFi with 3GB
                    EE
                    • Super-fast 4G broadband
                    • 3GB monthly data allowance
                    • Create your own WiFi

                      30Mb
                      up to
                      3GB
                      usage limit
                      5Mb
                      up to
                      Free
                      of charge
                      £15
                      per monthprice details+ £0 line rental24 month contract
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                      • Upfront cost: Free
                      • Average monthly: £15
                      • First year cost: £180
                      • Lifetime cost: £360
                      • Contract length: 24
                      Price details
                      Mobile Broadband with 2GB Data
                      Vodafone
                      • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
                      • 2GB monthly downloads
                      • 4GB BT Openzone Wi-FI

                        7.2Mb
                        up to
                        2GB
                        usage limit
                        2Mb
                        up to
                        Free
                        of charge
                        £15
                        per monthprice details+ £0 line rental12 month contract
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                        • Upfront cost: Free
                        • Average monthly: £15
                        • First year cost: £180
                        • Lifetime cost: £180
                        • Contract length: 12
                        Price details
                        Mobile Broadband 2GB - 1 Month Contract
                        Vodafone
                        • 2GB of UK data included
                        • 1GB Wi-Fi included
                        • 30 day rolling contract

                          7.2Mb
                          up to
                          2GB
                          usage limit
                          2Mb
                          up to
                          £19
                          one-off-fee
                          £15
                          per monthprice details+ £0 line rental1 month contract
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                          • Upfront cost: £19
                          • Average monthly: Not applicable
                          • First year cost: £199
                          • Lifetime cost: £34
                          • Contract length: 1
                          Price details
                          Mobile Broadband WiFi with 2GB Data
                          Vodafone
                          • Create your own personal WiFi
                          • Connect up to five WiFi enabled devices
                          • 30 day rolling contract

                            7.2Mb
                            up to
                            2GB
                            usage limit
                            2Mb
                            up to
                            £49
                            one-off-fee
                            £15
                            per monthprice details+ £0 line rental1 month contract
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                            • Upfront cost: £49
                            • Average monthly: Not applicable
                            • First year cost: £229
                            • Lifetime cost: £64
                            • Contract length: 1
                            Price details
                            Mobile Broadband Flexible 3GB Monthly Usage
                            Virgin Media
                            • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
                            • Flexible 2 month contract
                            • 3GB monthly usage

                              7.2Mb
                              up to
                              3GB
                              usage limit
                              0.3Mb
                              up to
                              £39.99
                              one-off-fee
                              £15.32
                              per monthprice details+ £0 line rental2 month contract
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                              • Upfront cost: £39.99
                              • Average monthly: Not applicable
                              • First year cost: £223.83
                              • Lifetime cost: £70.63
                              • Contract length: 2
                              Price details
                              Value MiFi Mobile Broadband 5GB - 1 Month Contract
                              3 Mobile
                              • 5GB monthly data allowance
                              • Create your own Wi-Fi
                              • No long contract

                                7.2Mb
                                up to
                                5GB
                                usage limit
                                1.6Mb
                                up to
                                £29.99
                                one-off-fee
                                £15.99
                                per monthprice details+ £0 line rental1 month contract
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                                • Upfront cost: £29.99
                                • Average monthly: Not applicable
                                • First year cost: £221.87
                                • Lifetime cost: £45.98
                                • Contract length: 1
                                Price details
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                                What you need to know

                                • Prices last checked and verified 1st July 2014
                                • Broadband speeds may vary
                                • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
                                • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
                                • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract

                                How to compare and buy mobile broadband

                                How do I compare different packages?

                                Mobile broadband gives you the freedom to use the internet on the go. However, this does depend on the coverage in your area and whether you have the right equipment. Use our comparison table above to give you a breakdown of each deal.

                                Availability

                                The availability of mobile broadband depends on your network area and devices. Mobile broadband runs on 3G and 4G networks. Although the latter is faster, the former is more widely available. Plus, 4G coverage is only limited to certain mobile networks – including EE, Vodafone and O2. You can use the individual coverage checkers at the top of the page to see what’s available in your area.

                                Check the detail

                                It’s always important to check the small print before purchasing a mobile broadband package. This will include information on contract length, cancellation fees, extra features and any hidden costs. Although it’s a long-winded process, it is vital to go through the terms and conditions to make sure you are happy with the details.

                                Why choose mobile broadband?

                                You can get internet on the go

                                Mobile broadband allows you to access the internet wherever you are. Whether you are streaming a movie in the living room, browsing in the shopping centre or at work, you will be able to enjoy the treats of mobile broadband. However, this does depend on your mobile network coverage and how strong your signal is.

                                Available with pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go plans

                                Mobile broadband is available on pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go plans. So if you don’t want to be tied to a contract, you can opt for a PAYG or a monthly rolling contract. If you are unhappy with a network, by taking out a PAYG plan, you’ll have more flexibility to switch without being faced with any cancellation charges.

                                Share your connection across multiple devices

                                If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can tether your connection with different devices. With tethering, your smartphone or tablet will act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can then connect your hotspot via Bluetooth to your laptop, computer or other mobile devices. This feature is only limited to certain providers.

                                Pros & cons

                                Pros

                                • You can get internet on the go
                                • Available on pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go
                                • Share your connection across multiple devices

                                Cons

                                • Slower speed than home broadband
                                • 4G is higher in price and limited to certain areas
                                • Coverage depends on providers

                                Which package is right for me?

                                Decide which option is good for your device

                                You can receive mobile broadband through a dongle, Wi-Fi hotspot or SIM card. A dongle is like a USB device that you slot in your laptop to receive internet connection. Alternatively you can buy a portable Wi-Fi router, enabling you to create your own hotspot and share your internet connection with multiple devices. Or you can go for a SIM card to put into your tablet, which will allow you to get online.

                                Choose either a pay-monthly or pay-as-you-go

                                Mobile broadband comes with two different plans. Pay-monthly plans come with a set amount of data allowance every month. This is ideal for those who consistently use mobile broadband. It’s most likely you’ll get more data allowance on a pay-monthly plan than on a pay-as-you-go plan.

                                If you don’t want to be tied to a contract, it may be best to opt for a PAYG plan. You’ll have to pay for your equipment up front and top up your allowances whenever you need it – ideal for occasional use.

                                Choose between a 3G or 4G network

                                Mobile broadband is getting faster with 4G, which is available on certain networks. You can use the coverage checker on the top of the page to see if you can receive 4G. If you are out of luck, you’ll still be able to get internet connection via 3G. This will depend on a number of features, including location and network demand. Make sure you check which network offers a good signal in your area before deciding which one to go for.

                                What will I need?

                                A compatible option for your device

                                There are three types of broadband equipment. Which one you need will be determined by the device you want to use. You’ll receive the appropriate equipment once you have purchased your package.

                                If you want to access mobile broadband via your laptop, you’ll need a USB dongle – a memory stick that you slot into your laptop. Most dongles are only compatible with Windows, making it unsuitable for Mac users. If you purchase a Mi-Fi package, you’ll need a Wi-Fi router. This will allow you to connect multiple devices to your hotspot. With a SIM-only plan, you’ll have to see which SIM card is suitable with your tablet – standard, micro or nano.

                                You may need a credit check

                                Some providers may ask to carry out a credit check before you purchase a deal. This applies if you take out a pay-monthly deal. But if you don’t have a good credit rating, you can opt for a pay-as-you-go plan.

                                How do I switch?

                                How to choose your package

                                You can choose a deal that suits you from the table above. By clicking on the package, you’ll get a breakdown of what’s included in the plan. This will give you information on a number of features, including extra costs and pricing. You can sort the deals as you wish, be it monthly cost, contract length, total savings or upload speed. Once you have made a selection, click on the blue ‘See Deal’ button. You will then be redirected to the provider’s website to finalise your purchase.

                                Cancel with your provider

                                Once you have taken out a mobile broadband deal, you’ll have to inform your current provider that you are leaving. This will only apply if you are on a pay-monthly plan. You’ll usually have to give 30 days’ notice, but read the cancellation terms to see if this applies. If you decide to cancel your contract before the minimum term expires, you’ll be subject to a termination charge.

                                Six essential questions before you buy

                                1. Should I choose a pay-monthly or PAYG package?
                                2. Do I need a dongle, portable Wi-Fi device or just a SIM card?
                                3. Which is the right network for me?
                                4. How often will I be using mobile broadband?
                                5. How much data will I be using?
                                6. What will happen if I exceed my limit?

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                                Now you are armed with mobile broadband information, it’s time to make a decision. First, jot down a list of packages that suit you. Make sure you take into account important features including contract length, data allowance, speed and network. Also, don’t forget to read the terms and conditions. You’ll then be ready to make an informed decision.

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